Countryside Crafts

  • Traditional rural trades and crafts brochure cover
    All our 2017 courses are now on sale. Download our Traditional rural trades and crafts brochure here, you can then book online or give us a call on 01243 811021. If you would like to receive a brochure through the post, or receive our courses e-newsletter, email [email protected]ddown.co.uk or call 01243 811021. Booking Navigate through... (more info)
  • Living willow chair workshopSaturday 4 February 2017
    FULL
    9.30am-5pm The course This workshop is for both beginners and those with some experience. Participants will work with a variety of coloured barked willows to create a living seat which will be taken home to plan in your garden. The weave will be a mixture of soaked and freshly coppiced willow from the tutor’s osier... (more info)
  • Willow garden supportsSaturday 1 April 2017
    FULL
    9.30am-5pm The course The day will be spent creatively designing a variety of garden supports including obelisks, tepees, fan trellises, small hurdles and peony/delphinium supports. A host of creative opportunity alongside professional advice from the teacher on nearly every aspect of willow, planting of new osier beds, coppice rotation, grading, drying, soaking, traditional and modern... (more info)
  • Willow garden supportsSunday 2 April 2017
    9.30am-5pm The course The day will be spent creatively designing a variety of garden supports including obelisks, tepees, fan trellises, small hurdles and peony/delphinium supports. A host of creative opportunity alongside professional advice from the teacher on nearly every aspect of willow, planting of new osier beds, coppice rotation, grading, drying, soaking, traditional and modern... (more info)
  • Weave a rush bagFriday 11 August 2017
    9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to weave your own rush bag using indigenous common bulrush, scirpus lacustris. Working on wooden blocks and using techniques common to basketry, each participant will complete a medium sized bag with optional handles. The tutor Rachel Frost has been a professional historic milliner for the past 10 years, making hats... (more info)
  • Weave a rush hatSaturday 12 August 2017
    FULL
    9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to make your own woven rush hat using the indigenous common bulrush, Scirpus Lacustris, collected from the river Thames. Starting with your own custom-made hat block, you will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques common to basketry to create a unique hat to wear and treasure. The tutor... (more info)
  • Weave a rush basketSunday 13 August 2017
    9.30am-5pm The course During the course, participants will have an opportunity to make their own woven rush storage basket using the indigenous common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris) harvested from the river Thames. Working on wooden formers, you will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques common to basketry to create a beautiful and useful container.... (more info)
  • Weave a rush matMonday 14 August 2017
    9.30am-5pm The course An opportunity to make your own woven rush mat using the indigenous common bulrush, Scirpus Lacustris, collected from the river Thames. You will be using this wonderfully supple material and techniques common to basketry to create a unique mat to treasure. The tutor Rachel Frost has been a professional historic milliner for... (more info)
  • Corn dolly workshopSaturday 16 September 2017
    10am-5pm The course The aim of this workshop is to impart the history and development of this ancient craft, as well as the practical skills involved in weaving corn dollies. During the day participants will learn: about the materials used how to prepare the materials a range of weaving techniques several different designs The tutor... (more info)
  • Willow workshop: weave and wale a basketSaturday 23 September 2017
    9.30am-5pm The course This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some experience. Your fingers will learn to weave and wale the willow, while you hear anecdotes about the history of basket making from your tutor, Deborah Albon. English brown willow will be the material used and the techniques taught will be those which... (more info)